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Mission Statement

In the years to come, an open and collaborative relationship between the United States and China will be essential to global peace, security, balanced economic growth and environmental sustainability.

To help forge a more constructive bilateral relationship, Asia Society has established the Center on U.S.-China Relations with a generous gift from the late Arthur Ross.

In seeking new ways of building mutual understanding between the U.S. and China, the Center is undertaking projects and events which explore areas of common interest and divergent views between the two countries, focusing on policy, culture, business, media, economics, energy and the environment.

The Center, based at the Asia Society's New York City headquarters, has additional staff in the Washington, D.C. office, and works closely with other Asia Society Centers around the world.

Who We Are

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Leah Thompson is the Assistant Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations. She is the project director for COAL+ICE, and a multimedia producer whose recent work has been seen on ChinaFile, and translated for the Chinese edition of The New York Times. Originally from northern California, she holds a B.A. in history and American studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in history from San Francisco State University.

Michael Zhao is a video producer for the Center on U.S.-China Relations covering China's environmental challenges. He is the creator of China Air Daily, ChinaFile's Environment Editor, and editor of China Green.

Laura Chang is a Senior Program Officer with the Center on U.S.-China Relations where she primarily focuses on policy and cultural programming. She is also Assistant Editor of ChinaFile and Editor of the Books section.

Multimedia producer David Barreda is the Visuals Editor for ChinaFile, a project of the Center on U.S.-China Relations. He was previously a staff photographer at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Valley News.

Susan Jakes is the Editor of ChinaFile and a Senior Fellow at the Center on U.S.-China Relations. Previously, she worked for Time magazine.

Sara Segal-Williams is a Program Associate for the Center on U.S.-China Relations. She holds a B.A. from Bard College, where she concentrated in Chinese History, and an M.A. in International Relations from Central European University; she has also studied Mandarin Chinese at Qingdao University and Yunnan University.

Jonathan Landreth, ChinaFile's Managing Editor, is a reporter and editor who's been traveling to Asia since 1988. He has lived and worked in Singapore and China, often paying particular attention to the culture of the media and entertainment industries.

Ouyang Bin is an Arthur Ross Fellow at the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York and Associate Editor of ChinaFile. Prior to joining Asia Society, Ouyang worked as a journalist in China and earned his M.A. from Harvard University. He was a Harvard-Yenching Fellow from 2010-2012.

Our Support

The Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society was founded in 2006 by the the late Arthur Ross to address key issues in the U.S.-China relationship.

Commenting on his decision to found the Center, Arthur Ross noted, "At this particular point in history, it is critical that a Center be created to deal with one of the most important developments in the world today, the rise of China. It is my intention that the Center will study and promote this relationship on multiple levels and perspectives."

The Arthur Ross Foundation supports the work of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and endows the Arthur Ross Directorship and Arthur Ross Fellowship at the Center.

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